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Table 2 Factor arrays for farmers

From: A Q study: exploring the purpose of transdisciplinary dairy advisory services in Denmark

Number Statement, farmers Factor 1 Factor 2 Factor 3
1 To ensure value for the money in terms of my investment in transdisciplinary advisory services 3a − 4 3
2 To obtain advice focusing on the economic consequences of current actions 2 3 2
3 To identify possible improvements in farm management 1 4 4
4 To improve animal welfare − 2 − 4 3
5 To obtain knowledge from several professional perspectives 0 3 0
6 To increase my job satisfaction when cooperating with my advisors − 4 − 3 − 2
7 To increase the net income of the farm 4 1 4
8 To ensure that my advisors share responsibility with me − 2 0 0
9 To benefit from all available knowledge regarding the interaction between feed and health 0 4 1
10 To reduce the use of antibiotics − 3 − 2 − 1
11 To develop specific action plans in the transdisciplinary setting 1 − 2 − 1
12 To motivate me to change farm management procedures − 1 0 − 3
13 To ensure that my advisors contribute to the development of the farm strategy − 1 − 2 0
14 To get support from my advisors to take more responsibility − 4 − 3 − 4
15 To receive a ‘whole farm’ advisory service 0 − 1 − 1
16 To help me educate my employees − 1 − 2 − 2
17 To create results by working together 1 3 1
18 To follow-up on agreed actions 4 − 3 0
19 To get help from my advisors to achieve the farm strategy 3 1 − 1
20 To help me improve human resource management at the farm − 1 1 0
21 To work with my advisors toward a common goal − 1 1 1
22 To benefit from my advisors’ different competencies 2 1 1
23 To solve problems on the farm 1 2 2
24 To improve dairy herd health 2 0 2
25 To improve the production results of the farm 3 1 3
26 To make it more likely that I will follow advice when my team of advisors reach the same conclusion 0 − 2 − 4
27 To cooperate on an equal footing with my advisors − 2 2 − 3
28 To get support in reaching my goals 0 − 1 − 2
29 To gain an overview of priority action areas 1 2 − 1
30 To support me in implementing standard operating procedures on the farm − 2 0 − 2
31 To receive exactly the kind of advisory service I request − 3 − 1 − 3
32 That my advisors raise all necessary issues despite any potential disagreement − 3 − 1 2
33 To get support in my dialogue with the bank 2 0 1
  1. aStatements rated ‘mostly agree’ (+ 3 and + 4) and ‘mostly disagree’ (− 4 and − 3) are marked in bold